How We Got Started

The idea for the High Five Working Group emerged from the 2016 Crown Managers Partnership Annual Forum called “We Need the Needles: Coordinating Action to Conserve Five-Needle Pine in the Crown of the Continent,” held May 15-17, 2016 in Fernie, British Columbia. Eighty-seven people participated in the workshop, representing 43 different federal, provincial, state, municipal, tribal and First Nation governments, as well as conservation organizations, universities, industry and communities. All workshop presentations and a workshop summary can be found here.

After this workshop, a team of committed individuals worked to draft a charter and to propose a governance structure for the High Five Working Group.

The High Five Working Group was formally launched, and the charter was approved, at our inaugural meeting held September 15, 2016 in Whitefish, Montana. A summary of this meeting can be found here.